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    Gee's next stop could be All-Star Game

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    How did this happen? How did a righthanded pitcher with a mundane fastball become an All-Star candidate in his rookie season? How did Dillon Gee , a guy who was so far off the radar in college that his father had to sweet-talk a Mets scout into taking a look at him, win his first seven decisions this season before finally losing Tuesday?

    His mother, who will be watching Dillon pitch Sunday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington , says she knows his secret.

    "It has never dawned on Dillon that there's something he can't do," Kelly Gee said.

    That includes being a major-league starting pitcher despite having been drafted in the 21st round in 2007.

    His mother says it seems as though everyone from his hometown of Cleburne, Texas , will be at Rangers Ballpark Sunday to watch him pitch for the Mets. The rest of the world may not have known Gee's name until this season, but his athletic prowess has been somewhat legendary in Cleburne, located about 40 miles south of Arlington.

    Kelly said her younger son started walking at 8 months, started throwing off a makeshift pitching mound in the backyard when he was 3 and was riding a bike without training wheels when he was 4. Before growing nine inches his sophomore year in high school, he usually was one of the smallest kids in the class. But that didn't stop him from competing with, and beating, kids twice his size.

    Gee, who is 6-1, 205, learned how to defy expectations early.

    "Being small definitely instills that desire in you," he said. "You know that you're always going to have to prove something. People look at you and think, 'What's this kid doing?' You know you have the talent, but you get overlooked for your size. I think it really instills the desire and wherewithal in you."

    Gee, now 25, was overlooked by baseball scouts when he was at the University of Texas-Arlington. Because his fastball clocks in at 89 mph, maybe 90 on a good day, not many major-league scouts were interested in him. The Mets, however, invited him to a large open tryout at a junior college his junior year.

    Once he got there, it was announced that the tryout had been canceled because of rain. Gee's father, Kevin, had taken a day off from his job with the Fort Worth fire department to attend the tryout. As they prepared to return home, Kevin noticed that the team had pulled a few of the players aside and told them not to leave.

    "They were going to bus those kids two hours to the Astrodome in Houston for a tryout," Kelly said. "Dillon was not one of those kids."

    Kevin approached a friendly- looking scout and told him he really ought to see his son pitch. The scout told him if he wanted to make the drive on his own with Dillon, they would take a look at him.

    The Mets liked what they saw, or liked it enough to end up making Gee the 633rd overall pick. He signed with them for only $20,000.

    Gee's mother remembers asking a scout at the time what the odds were of his making the majors. When the scout told her it was 1 in 10, she remembers being both shocked and worried.

    "But my husband wasn't at all," she said. "He said, 'Those odds are for most people. Dillon will make it.' "

    It took a while because of a torn labrum suffered in 2009. But he finally did.

    Last season, with the Mets decimated by injuries, he was called up in September and went 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA in five starts. Gee again started this season in the minors and again was called up because of injuries. This time it appears he is here to stay.

    Gee has a 3.21 ERA and has allowed only 52 hits in 70 innings this season. Since 2000, only one other rookie has opened the season with a winning streak of at least seven games. Jered Weaver started 9-0 for the Los Angeles Angels in 2006. Weaver, however, was drafted in the first round, not the 21st.

    Before a 7-3 loss to the Athletics Tuesday night in which he walked a career-high six batters in four innings, the Mets had not lost in 10 starts by Gee this season. The lack of command was almost shocking, given that Gee's exceptional control has been what has helped him overcome his pedestrian fastball and his lack of a dominant second pitch.

    Gee, however, says he already has put the performance behind him and is looking forward to pitching against the team he grew up cheering for.

    "I have a lot left to prove,'' he said. "I have three months in the big leagues. Every time I go out, I want to keep proving that I should be here."

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    If Gee wins his next starts before the AS game, he'll be chosen for the squad.

    No doubt in my mind.

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    The Mets only have 1 guy that is a given to make the team in Reyes. Beltran is having a good, but not great year. Rodriguez was doing very well, till the last couple of weeks. Gee has a shot.

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    good for him. i hope he makes it

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    Gee is a pitcher that takes a few innings to get warm..he doesn't seem ready in those first few innings..like he needs a longer bullpen session

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    wasn't pelfrey 10-0 before the AS game last year.lol The mets get no respect. Gee will be watcing on tv.lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGibbs View Post
    wasn't pelfrey 10-0 before the AS game last year.lol The mets get no respect. Gee will be watcing on tv.lol
    He was 10-4 and he struggled right before the break, but yes he was snubbed. Gee is going to have a very tough time winning these next two starts. Unfortunately I'd be surprised if he makes it.
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    Poor mman's Rick reed, who was a poor man's Greg Maddux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMet6986 View Post
    Poor mman's Rick reed, who was a poor man's Greg Maddux.
    yes.

    YES!

    YES!!!!!!!

    Finally someone who gets it!
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    Like I said before, but I guess no one saw, I think Gee isn't ready when he gets in there in the 1st. He always settles down in the 3rd and on..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMet6986 View Post
    Poor mman's Rick reed, who was a poor man's Greg Maddux.
    I don't think he's a poor man's Rick Reed. I think he's as good, if not better than Reed. I will however, take a poor man's Greg Maddux any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Hey, today is Sunday and Gee is pitching...good deal.


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    I don't think it's fair to draw comparisons like that when a pitcher has less than a full year of major league experience on his plate. He has been fantastic so far with the only blips being his outing in Houston and his last start against the A's. I'd think that the nerves of pitching close to him will ultimately effect how he performs today-whether or not he's able to treat it like just another game. I feel like I'd be more comfortable with seeing Dickey pitch today but I feel like Gee will have a good game.

    As for the All Star Game, Reyes deserves to make it first and foremost. How Tulo's winning is beyond me...but Gee is obvious second choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Magoo View Post
    I don't think he's a poor man's Rick Reed. I think he's as good, if not better than Reed. I will however, take a poor man's Greg Maddux any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Hey, today is Sunday and Gee is pitching...good deal.
    I don't think you realize how good Rick Reed was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fanofclendennon View Post
    I don't think you realize how good Rick Reed was.
    I don't think you know what I realize. I really think Gee is that good. I have since 2009. The kid is on pace to win 20 games. I don't think he's a 20 game winner, but 15 this season would not surprise me.

    I think he's going to be one of those guys like Reed who you can just pencil in for at least 180-200 innings and 12-15 wins almost every year.


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    It's only a matter of time before Gee's ERA comes crashing down. He was getting shelled today but had lady luck on his side again. With his next go around against the Yankees it wont get any easier.

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